Yamaha's Michael van der Mark in interview

Yamaha's Michael van der Mark in interview

11.02.2020: 2020 marks your fourth season as an Official Yamaha rider on the YZF-R1 – are you feeling ready for the new season? MVDM: Of course I’m ready! I’m looking forward to the new season with the 2020 R1 – which is not a completely different bike – but the

2020 marks your fourth season as an Official Yamaha rider on the YZF-R1 – are you feeling ready for the new season?




MVDM
: Of course I’m ready! I’m looking forward to the new season with the 2020 R1 – which is not a completely different bike – but there are a lot of new parts and improvements that will help us. We need to keep making progress, and with this new bike, that for sure will enable us to make another step.




So, what changes have been made to the new R1?

MVDM
: One of the improvements is the aerodynamics; it works much better for tall riders like Toprak and me. It is a lot more protective and I think we can get a little bit better top speed. Also, I think the fairing design has brought some other benefits, so again it’s a positive feeling.



Together with Öhlins and our performance engineers we’ve made a good step forward to find grip – as it’s always been our main issue. Already last year we made a step and it was really important, I felt like we have found a really good direction and exactly what we are looking for. I don’t know any numbers, but this new bike feels a bit faster as well – that’s always nice!





You have a new crew chief this year in Andrew Pitt – a two-time World Champion in his own right. How is that relationship developing?


MVDM:
I knew Andrew a bit already because he was working with Alex [Lowes] and we always got along well. It honestly feels good, the communication is great and there’s a bit of a mix in the team now; I have some different guys on my side of the garage. I think it’s good to have some new ideas and styles of working, some new motivation and changes; also with Toprak joining the team. So at the moment things are good!



From the first moment I worked with Andrew I really enjoyed it and we did some other stuff together as well. I like the way he works as an ex-top rider. He really understands the problems I have and what I am facing when riding the bike, but also the deep technical side he understands really well, so I'm really happy.




What about your new teammate, Toprak?


MVDM
: I like him! With Alex the relationship was always great, but it’s also good to have Toprak in the team as a young up-and coming-kid. He’s fast right from the start and we’ve had some really nice battles in the past. I’m really looking forward to the season, I think we can have some good battles again and I’ll be working hard to make sure I’m on top! He’ll keep me on my toes, but that’s what everybody wants. His style is so different to mine, but that’s interesting to learn from as well.




What is your target in 2020?



MVDM: Win races. If we can win races then we can build a challenge to fight for the championship. Boom!





- Yamaha Amsterdam, also photos

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11.02.2020 / MaP

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